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‘Captured’ caught Koch’s eye

Ed Koch appeared in the movie “Captured,” a biopic on Lower East Side documentarian Clayton Patterson, and he attended its New York premiere in June 2008 at a Rooftop Films screening atop New Design High School on Grand St. on the Lower East Side. The rock band A.R.E. Weapons also played at the screening, which read more here »

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Trying to save our community on a changing L.E.S.

BY CLAYTON PATTERSON  |  I have documented this community for many years and have witnessed the changes. I was one of the well-known, anti-gentrification radicals, considered by the gentrifies to be a part of the so-called rabble, branded one of the troublemakers, arrested several times, banned from the Seventh Precinct Community Council for asking questions read more here »

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Creative pioneers under assault on the new L.E.S.

BY CLAYTON PATTERSON  |  The old Lower East Side produced a long list of creative individuals whose output and contributions were instrumental in altering the consciousness of America and the world, in so many fields: music, art, poetry, writing, theater, film, photography and video, political thought, religious philosophy and on and on. If I had read more here »

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Out of the shadows
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Here’s to the working class

BY CLAYTON PATTERSON  |  My goal with these photos is to give some positive exposure to those hard-working people who make our life easier, but whose existence is given hardly more notice than a passing shadow. As someone who grew up at the bad end of the working class, I have never lost my love read more here »

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BY CLAYTON PATTERSON  |  In making decisions and choices regarding who I am and how I view the world, all I really have to reflect on are my own experiences. As it turns out, I do have a connection to Mitt Romney. It starts with the fundraising speech he made that was caught on video: read more here »

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Hard to put a name on how much Bob Fass has meant

BY CLAYTON PATTERSON  |  I am troubled and saddened by the fact that America is losing its middle class and becoming a country divided into the rich and the poor. Romney certainly made that point clear with his recent statement, saying 47 percent of the population is basically made up of non-taxpaying freeloaders seeking a read more here »

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Rockin’ Tompkins band shell

David Peel, at right, played the Tompkins Square Park band shell circa late 1980s at a concert protesting the Lower East Side’s gentrification.

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Ai Weiwei learned the art of protest on the L.E.S.

BY CLAYTON PATTERSON  |  After watching the Ai Weiwei documentary, “Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry,” I was somewhat surprised by the parallel between his journey and my own. Elsa and I moved to the Lower East Side in 1979 when the city was still a down-and-dirty place. In 1981 I had an art career moving forward read more here »

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Off the wall: L.E.S. street art

BY CLAYTON PATTERSON  |  André’ Charles, a.k.a. The Underground Artist, in the early 1990s came down from the Bronx with the desire to take down Chico and become the leading Lower East Side street artist. For a period of time he gave Chico a run for his money. He burst on the scene and quickly read more here »

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